• icon User Registration

    Information about creating an account in the system.

  • icon Farm Setup & Mapping

    Information about mapping and configuring your farm.

  • icon My Farm

    Allows you to view the status of your farms.

  • icon My Paddocks

    Entering paddock specific operations and inputs.

  • icon My Grain

    Manage grain stocks, sales and contracts.

  • icon My Reports

    View and create reports based on your diary operations.

  • icon Manage Your Account

    Edit account details and link to your advisor. 

  • icon Advisor Reports

    Advisor reporting with recommendations and observations.

  • icon Messages

    Advisor/grower communication through messages.

  • icon Crop Tracker

    Track crop development, operations and seasonal climate. 

  • icon APSIM Yield Simulator

    Accurate paddock specific yield simulations

  • icon Seasonal Climate

    View seasonal climate parameters for your farm.

  • icon Drought Monitor

    Monitor your farms drought severity status

  • icon Rainfall Outlook

    View rainfall forecasts for the coming season.

  • icon Yield & Production

    Yield & production forecast comparisons & benchmarking.

  • icon Production Profile

    Profile your farms productive history.

  • icon Gross Margin Analysis

    Determine paddock specific gross margins

  • icon ADVISOR - Settings

    Advisor report template configuration.

  • icon ADVISOR - Managing your Growers

    Advisor interface for grower management, reporting & communication.

  • icon ADVISOR - Recommendations

    View and manage all recommendation reports created for your clients.

  • icon FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

User Registration


About User Registration

A new user to the system is required to register their details to create an account. This account is where all user information is securely stored and will enable access via a login to ProductionWise from any web enabled computer or tablet device. 

The ProductionWise Farm Manager app is available to iOS and Android devices. Please go to the App Store or Play Store to download the app to enable paddock operation recording when out in the field. A registered account must have farms and mapped paddocks setup prior to entering paddock operations through the ProductionWise app.

User Details

  • On the home page, click REGISTER from the quick links toolbar
  • Select either the Grower or Advisor account type according to your user type
  • Populate user details where required
  • Fields that are not mandatory can be populated at a later date through the My Account Tab
  • Read the Terms of Use to understand the agreement you are accepting - Check the box
  • Click Register

Email Confirmation

  • An email will be sent to the address you provided in the registration form
  • This is an automated email with details including your user name
  • Once registered, you will be directed to the My Farm home page to commence farm setup and digitising
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Farm Setup & Mapping


About Farm Setup & Mapping

Enables you to easily configure your farm, map your paddocks, on-farm grain storage facilities and other farm infrastructure. You can print these mapped features including any option of Google base layer using your web-browser print function (See Image Below).

The image viewer in My Farm allows all editing of farm features to identify and map all paddocks and grain storage infrastructure on your farm(s). All new users are taken to this page to complete the initial farm setup process, which is a key requirement of using ProductionWise. Mapping your farm's paddocks and grain storage allows ProductionWise to calculate areas, volumes and locations of all your farm features.  It is critical this process is done correctly the first time, and once complete, you should not have to revisit this page unless you wish to add a new paddock or grain storage infrastructure to your farm or when you would like to add a new farm to your account.

ProductionWise uses Google Maps as a reference layer to provide high resolution spatial imagery for accurate geolocation. Unfortunately, some rural regions do not have up-to-date imagery and many discernable farm features such as fences, sheds or silos are not visible. We suggest that in this case, every effort be made by the user to accurately position paddock boundaries and storage silos using the information available.

The following steps outline the process involved with setting up a farm and digitising paddocks, grain storage details and highlighting other farm infrastructure.  A farm is identified as a consolidated group of paddocks limited by a maximum paddock-to-paddock distance of no greater than 5km.  This ensures climatic information provided is located centrally to each individual farm enterprise. Additional farms may be added to ProductionWise to manage multi-farm operations and each additional farm will have relevant climatic information pertaining to the spatial location of that farm.

Add Farm

ProductionWise requires you to specify the farm name that all paddocks, grain storages and other farm infrastructure will be associated to.  Mapping of the farm/property boundary is not required in ProductionWise. The address details entered during the user registration provide the default map viewer location to get you started in setting up your farm.

  1. To specify the farm name, click the NEW FARM button at the top left of the screen
  2. Enter the farm name and click SAVE (no digitising is required to add a farm)
  3. To locate an address, click on the MAGNIFYING GLASS button and enter an address or latitude/longitude coordinate
  4. To edit your selected farm name, click on the PENCIL button
  5. To delete your selected farm, click on the TRASH button

Please note that deleting a farm removes all associated paddocks, grain storages and data entered for that farm.

When adding additional farms to your account, the image viewer will default to the property address details originally assigned in the registration process.  Use the map tools to navigate to your new location to enter other farms.

Follow the steps above to add new farms.

View Farm Details

ProductionWise uses the best available national soils data layer to provide a dominant soil type and average plant available water capacity (PAWC) for any location. This provides an indication of the soil type in your region and the average capacity of the specified soil type to hold water.

Once one or more paddocks are mapped, a dominant soil type is automatically assigned to your farm. These details of a mapped farm including a summary of area, number of paddocks mapped and number of storages and can be viewed on the My Paddocks page through the Farm selector at the top of the page.

This information is provided at farm level and is used to provide an indicative soil type/profile capacity for your location. This information is also used to calculate soil moisture percentage for your farm (AUS Only).

Add Paddock

Once a farm has been specified, you can map the arable paddocks of that farm. This can only be done from the My Farm page. ProductionWise supports pasture/grazing operations in a limited capacity and should not be used solely to manage livestock operations. Paddock digitising should be limited to arable cropped paddocks only. There is a maximum limit of 2,000ha per paddock and a limit of 70 paddocks per farm. These limits are provided to ensure system stability and user functionality throughout ProductionWise. Total area limits apply depending on the free or subscription level of the user account (AUS Only). Please refer to PRICING for total area allocations for each user account type.

Map Navigation

  1. Expand the image viewer by clicking on the EDIT FARM button or the EXPAND button at the bottom right corner of the image window  
  2. Pan the viewer by clicking on the map and dragging to the desired location
  3. Zoom the viewer by using the Google zoom controls or use your mouse wheel to zoom in/out.  When using a tablet device, pinch the screen to the desired zoom resolution
  4. To locate an address, click on the MAGNIFYING GLASS button and enter an address or latitude/longitude coordinate
  5. To see the location of your cursor, the coordinates in lat/long are displayed at the bottom left of the map viewer
  6. To view different base imagery, click the LAYER button to toggle between Google satellite, map or terrain view (See Image Below)
  7. To center the viewer over the selected farm, click the TARGET button  at the top left of the map viewer
  8. To print a farm map, click the PRINT button and toggle the layers accordingly to show different base layers or map features
  9. When finished, collapse the image viewer by clicking on the COLLAPSE button at the bottom left corner of the image window or press ESC on your keyboard

 

Map a Paddock

  1. Zoom to a paddock corner with an adequate level of image resolution to ensure paddock digitising accuracy
  2. Click the PADDOCK button in the top right of the screen to start mapping and continue the process around the paddock boundary
  3. To delete a point, RIGHT click on any white point
  4. To undo the move of a point, click the Undo icon that appears adjacent to the point
  5. To edit the paddock shape, click on any point and HOLD and drag to new location
  6. To Pan whilst mapping a paddock, click and HOLD and drag the viewer
  7. To finish the paddock, click back on the starting point
  8. A paddock details form will appear (See Image Below) - populate the paddock name, paddock reference if required and modify the arable area (ha) value if paddock has un-arable vegetation or drainage depressions etc within. Note: the system does not automatically extract the arable area based on the imagery and any changes to the arable area must be done manually in the edit paddock details form.
  9. A selection box to define the nearest APSIM Soil Type (Characterisation Test) which is most representative of the soil in this paddock should be selected.  By default, the closest APSIM Soil Type from the database will be selected. Selecting the APSIM Soil Type has benefits only for the subscription tools where the APSIM yield model is available. (AUS Only)
  10. Click SAVE
  11. Click CANCEL to exit without saving

 

Map a Pivot

Follow the steps outlined above to map centre pivots by using a series of closely spaced points to give the desired effect of a curve (See Image Below). If you find you were not very accurate after finishing the shape, edit the shape to adjust the points. It can be much easier moving the points in the editing mode than trying to get it right the first time.

 

Edit/Delete a Paddock

  1. Click on a paddock to edit or delete
  2. To edit the paddock shape, click on any point and HOLD and drag to new location
  3. To delete a point, RIGHT click on any white point
  4. Editing the shape of the paddock will require a new Arable Area to be defined
  5. Change the APSIM Soil Type to reflect your paddock soil type
  6. Click Save to finalise edits
  7. To cancel editing, click the CROSS button
  8. To delete, click on the TRASH button

View Paddock Details

Once a paddock is mapped, key topographic parameters are attributed to your paddock from background spatial layers (See Image Below) detailing the average elevation (height above mean sea level), average slope (degrees) and dominant aspect (compass bearing direction) and selected APSIM soil characterisation type (AUS Only) . These details of a paddock can be viewed on the My Paddocks page via the paddock selector at the top of the page.

Users can view how much of their account paddock area allocation has been mapped in the My Account details.

Add Storage

Users can identify and map on-farm grain storage facilities which are used in ProductionWise to manage stored grain quantities, record grain handling practices and operations to assist with grain budgets and contract requirements.  A maximum number of 30 grain storage silos can be positioned per farm.  The grain storage mapping functionality is for on-farm storage only and local depots and/or adjacent farm storages should not be mapped using this functionality. 

Add Storage

  1. Pan and zoom to an adequate level of image resolution to ensure accurate placement of grain storage location
  2. Click on the map to place a marker
  3. To move the marker, click and HOLD and drag to new location
  4. Enter the Name of the storage facility (See Image Below)
  5. Total Tonnage enables you to enter an approximate capacity
  6. Other fields are for record keeping purposes only
  7. Click SAVE
  8. Click CANCEL to exit without saving

Repeat the above steps to map additional grain storage infrastructure.

Edit/Delete Storage

  1. Click on Storage to edit or delete feature
  2. To move the marker, click and HOLD and drag to new location
  3. Click Save to finalise edits
  4. To cancel editing, click the CROSS button
  5. To delete, click on the TRASH button

NOTE: Deleting a grain storage removes all data associated with it.

Add Other Farm Infrastructure

Other farm details can be added to the map viewer showing important farm infrastructure, regions of interest or point specific details (See Image Below). These features can be added/edited to the map in full screen mode and can be toggled on/off in the map viewer using the layer control to customise an appropriate map for viewing or printing.  Unlike the mapping of paddocks and storage facilities, these other map features have no further reference elsewhere in ProductionWise and are solely to assist farmers to facilitate farm planning and management of other farm features.

Polygon Features

Draw enclosed farm features to identify vegetation stands, rock outcrops (See Image Below), waterlogged areas, saltpans etc

  • LEFT click to place a point and continue the process around the area
  • To finish the polygon, click back on the starting point
  • To delete a point, RIGHT click on any white point
  • To edit the polygon shape, on any point LEFT click and HOLD and drag to new location
  • To undo the move of a point, click the Undo icon that appears adjacent to the point
  • To Pan whilst mapping a polygon, LEFT click and HOLD and drag the viewer
  • Enter Name and click Save
  • Click Cancel to exit without saving

Line Features

Draw linear farm features to identify pipelines (See Image Below), windbreaks, fences etc

  • LEFT click to place a point and continue the process along the linear feature
  • To finish the line feature, double LEFT click
  • To delete a point, RIGHT click on any white point
  • To edit the line shape, on any point LEFT click, HOLD and drag to new location
  • To undo the move of a point, click the Undo icon that appears adjacent to the point
  • To Pan whilst mapping a line, LEFT click and HOLD and drag the viewer
  • Enter Name and click Save
  • Click Cancel to exit without saving

Circle Features

Draw circular farm features to identify the extents of pivots, dams etc

  • LEFT click to place a point at the center of the feature and drag cursor outwards to expand
  • To finish the circle feature, LEFT click
  • To edit the size or location of the circle, on any point LEFT click and HOLD and drag to new location
  • To undo the move of a point, click the Undo icon that appears adjacent to the point
  • Enter Name and click Save
  • Click Cancel to exit without saving

 

Rectangular Features

Draw enclosed regular farm features to identify sheds, dams etc

  • LEFT click to place a point and drag cursor outwards to expand the shape
  • To finish the feature, LEFT click
  • To edit the shape, on any point LEFT click and HOLD and drag to new location
  • To undo the move of a point, click the Undo icon that appears adjacent to the point
  • Enter Name and click Save
  • Click Cancel to exit without saving

Marker Features

Place markers on the map to identify soil test locations, water points, gates etc

  • LEFT click on the map to place a marker
  • To move the marker, LEFT click and HOLD and drag to new location
  • Enter Name and click Save

Click Cancel to exit without saving

Printing a Farm Map

Printing your farm map is a simple way to show farm features and provide as a useful reference elsewhere.  The print functionality is completed through the web browser you are accessing ProductionWise from. The following steps outline the basic process of printing a farm map.

  1. Select the Farm you require to print
  2. Click on the PRINT button in the top right of the screen. You will be directed to a preview screen in a new window (See Image Below)
  3. Choose between portrait or Landscape modes depending on your farm layout
  4. Select paper size and print colour or B&W
  5. Zoom to a resolution appropriate to view your farm extents or particular features of interest
  6. Use the Layer Control to toggle between Google satellite, map or terrain base layers
  7. Using the same Layer Control, select to view one or many of the data layers you have mapped
  8. Click Print in the Preview and select Print again in the browser Print popup.

NOTE: Print quality will vary slightly based on different web browsers, browser versions and printer settings.

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My Farm


About My Farm

My Farm is your home page and provides a ‘dashboard’ view of your selected farms paddocks, silos and grain summary, based on the information provided when configuring your farm and operations entered in the My Paddocks and My Grain pages (See image Below)

Modifications to the mapping such as creating, editing or deleting farms, paddocks, grain storages or other farm features can only be done through the My Farm page. This can be done by entering the map viewer by either the EDIT FARM button above the map viewer or the EXPAND button in the bottom right of the map viewer.

Users can view the following information from the My Farm page:

  • Paddock summary details for the selected farm
  • Grain storage summary for the selected farm showing total capacity and fill status
  • Grain summary provides an overview of the current season grain position in terms of planted area, tonnage stored and tonnage sold/contracted of the top three commodities entered into My Paddocks
  • Recent weather (AUS Only) shows the indicative weather observations for the last five days for the selected farms location. This data is based on GrainGrowers 1km2 climatic gridded datasets derived from BOM site observations
  • Displays the five most forthcoming planned operations that have been added into My Paddocks. If planned operations are overdue, they will appear with a notification to action them by clicking on the paddock name.
  • The recent operations tab provides the five most recently added paddock operations.  
  • Printing maps

If multiple farms have been setup, the user can toggle between farms simply by selecting the farm drop down menu in the top left above the image screen.

The content pages are listed on the left hand side of the screen and can be clicked to take you to the desired page (See Image Below).  This is the interface whereby users can change the pages they are wanting to view. All 'Management' and 'Advisor' pages can be viewed by all users.  Users that have subscribed to the integrated decision support tools will be able to view the 'Tools' listed.  Any user that has linked their ProductionWise account to a SprayWise account, will be able to access the SprayPlannerTM using the SprayWise icon.

ProductionWise uses the best available national soils data layer to provide a dominant soil type and average plant available water capacity (PAWC) for any location. This provides an indication of the soil type in your region and the average capacity of the specified soil type to hold water. This information is utilised to assess the indicative soil moisture for your farm in the decision support tools.

To view the dominant soil type and PAWC details of the soil that has been determined for your selected farm, click and hold the farm selector. 

Required Information

This page is a summary of the data entered in My Paddocks and My Grain. To get full functionality from this page, ensure you have entered sufficient information into the My Paddocks and My Grain pages of ProductionWise.

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My Paddocks


About My Paddocks

The My Paddocks page allows users to enter their paddock management practices for the current growing window, future growing windows and historically back to 1984.

Paddock Summary

Paddock Summary table lists all paddocks currently mapped on the selected farm. Coloured text and icons indicate if the corresponding paddock has had the relevant information entered. The Paddock Summary table provides a status of each paddock for the current point in time detailing;

  • Sown crop details (or fallow)
  • Harvest status 
  • Latest operation recorded 
  • Maximum potential yield for paddock sown to wheat, barley or canola

Paddock operations can be entered in two ways. Single Paddock Mode or Multiple Paddock Mode which is selected by the toggle buttons above the list of paddocks.

Paddocks can be filtered based on paddock name or crop type to assist with multiple paddock selections from a large list of paddocks.  Alternatively, the paddock list can be sorted based on paddock name, paddock area or sown crop type.

All information entered into My Paddocks is fully exportable to spreadsheet (.csv) format for external use or analysis via the My Reports page.

Paddock Diary

The paddock diary page enables growers to select between paddock using the top paddock selector. Paddock specific details including Arable Area, Elevation, Slope, Aspect and APSIM Soil Type (AUS only) are automatically provided to give topographical information about each paddock (See Image Below). A notification of the number of new recommendations submitted by your adviser will appear if they are available.

The Paddock Diary is were users can enter, edit, view or delete paddock operations, inputs and observations on a paddock by paddock basis. All paddock operations and observations are listed in chronological order based on the growing window selected. Summary details for each operation are provided on the Paddock Diary page. Full details of an operation can be viewed by clicking on the operation row to expand the details. Paddock operations are colour coded depending on their status enabling the user to reference specific operations or items that require actioning (See Image Below).

Required Information

When entering operations in My Paddocks, users can define how much information they would like to enter.  System required information is denoted by an asterix '*' symbol, information used to calculate Gross Margin will be denoted by '$' symbol and information that is required to run APSIM simulations (AUS Only) visible in the Crop Tracker tool, are denoted by 'CT' symbol. The following details are an example of the fields that can be captured for a sowing operation.

Sowing Details

  • Date - Required
  • Implement - Required
  • Crop Type - Required
  • Variety - Required
  • Sowing Rate (kg/ha) - Required
  • Sowing Area - Required (Defaults to paddock arable area)
  • Operation performed by Farm Employee or Contractor (optional)
  • Operation Cost ($/ha) (optional)
  • Labour Cost (Total $) - If Farm Employee selected (optional)
  • Disturbance % (optional)
  • Till Depth (mm) (optional)
  • Seed Cost ($/ha) (optional)
  • Purpose - Set to 'Grain' for APSIM simulations (otherwise optional)
  • Row Spacing (mm) Required for APSIM simulations (otherwise optional)
  • Sowing Depth (mm) Required for APSIM simulations (otherwise optional)
  • Additional Implements - (optional)

Input Details

For some operations, inputs and associated information can be added. Operations can have multiple inputs if required.

  • Material Type - Required
  • Product - Required
  • Rate - Required
  • Unit - (L/ha, kg/ha, mL/ha, g/ha, %)
  • Cost ($/ha)

Step by Step

Entering Paddock Operations

The Paddock Summary table provides a listing of all paddocks mapped for the selected farm. For each paddock, details of name, area, sown status with details, harvest status, latest operation recorded and PYCAL (Maximum potential yield) are displayed as an overview of the details and status of each paddock.  This view provides a simple and effective way for determining where paddock data is required to be entered.

Paddock operations can be entered into My Paddocks as either a single paddock entry or a multiple paddock entry to facilitate quick and efficient record keeping. ProductionWise does not allow uploading of farm data from other farm management software.  Every effort has been made to enable users to enter farm data in a logical, concise and efficient manner to reduce downtime that is often associated with data entry. The ProductioWise App provides growers the ability to enter paddock operations on the run to remove data entry at night.

Paddock operations are automatically grouped into a 'growing window' defined by the period between one harvest and the next. Any operation entered is automatically placed into the growing windows based on operation date. Each growing window is defined by the crop sown and the year with which the crop is sown. The growing window is terminated by either a grain harvest, forage harvest or grazing operation or a combination of each. This ensures growers accurately capture the costs associated with fallow management, pre-sowing preparation, in-season operation costs and income streams from the crop in question through the gross margins page.

Operations and inputs can be entered into the future to scenario plan or generate prescriptions for each paddock.  Simply enter operations with a future date and the operation will slot into the appropriate growing window. Planned growing windows appear in the Growing Window selector at the top of the My Paddocks paddock diary page. The Growing window selector also provides a visual reference for determining crop rotations for each paddock.

The paddock diary can be sorted based on the date of the operations to assist with viewing most recent or oldest operations performed on a paddock.

 

Select Single Paddock Mode under Paddock Summary 

Sowing Operation

  1. Click on a paddock row or select a paddock from the map viewer to open the diary for the selected paddock.
  2. To add a Sowing operation, choose Sowing from the Add Operation drop down list, a popup screen will appear to enter sowing details.
  3. Populate the fields using the drop down menus or manually enter where necessary. Mandatory parameters have an asterix (*).
  4. Upon saving the Sowing operation page, an Input screen appears.  This enables inputs such as fertiliser or seed treatment to be included in the sowing operation. These inputs provide detailed information which is utilised in the APSIM yield simulation model (AUS only) and the Gross Margin pages of ProductionWise. 
  5. Users can add as many inputs to an operation as required. If no inputs are associated with the operation, click Save.
  6. To view the details of operations and inputs entered, click on the operation and this will expand the operation and show all details of the operation and inputs entered.
  7. Inputs can be edited or deleted without affecting the operation they are associated with.

Other Operation

  1. To record an additional operation to the selected paddock, select the operation from the Add Operation menu and populate the fields as required.

Add Observation

Users can record observations of crop growth stage and crop density including the level of crop stress (if evident) and any pests, weeds or diseases in a paddock. Biotic stress types are prepopulated with extensive databases or weeds, pests and diseases for consistency and accurate record keeping. Observations with Crop Density will affect APSIM simulations in the Crop Tracker page.

Grain Harvest Operation

  1. To add a Grain Harvest operation, select Grain Harvest from the Add Operations menu.
  2. Populate the details as required, click Save.
  3. Grain Harvest operations can be added without a yield for planning purposes.
  4. Users can only enter a Grain Harvest Operation if a sowing operation has already been entered for a selected paddock.

Data Entry - Multiple Paddock Mode

 

Select Multiple Paddock Mode under Paddock Summary 

To select multiple paddocks, click on the paddock row you wish to enter the same details for. The check box on the left hand side will have a tick appear.

Data entry is identicle to Single Paddock Mode as described above.

To select all paddocks, check the top box. To deselect all paddocks, uncheck this box.

To filter the paddocks by name or sown crop, simply type in the filter and the paddock list will filter based on the search.  This provides the ability to enter an operation to multiple paddocks based on crop sown for example.

Harvest Operations and Soil Tests cannot be entered using Multiple Paddock Mode due to paddock specific parameters required such as yield, grain quality and site specific soil measurements.

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My Grain


About My Grain

My Grain enables users to record and manage grain stocks, handling operations, sales and contracts through an integrated cross-farm transaction system. It also provides an efficient way to view the current fill status of your on-farm grain storage and view all grain handling and management actions to provide a comprehensive log of on-farm grain handling operations. My Grain provides the ability to record all grain sales and contracts to facilitate outgoing grain record keeping. Keeping track of grain movement in My Grain provides full transparency of grain across farms to ensure traceability and grain quality integrity.

My Grain - Summary Page

The My Grain summary page provides a current status of the grain storage sources available for your account. All grain storage locations across all farms in your ProductionWise account are accessible to enable cross-farm grain handling and the ability to record grain sales and contracts from all sources.

If no storage locations are setup for your account, go to My Farm, click Edit Farm and map your grain storages by clicking the Storage button.

To record off-farm storage, place a storage location at the entrance to your farm and name it accordingly. e.g. Local depot.  This will enable you to add grain to this location to keep track the off-site grain available to you. If multiple depots are used, place as many locations as required.

The My Grain Summary page provides a list of grain sources (showing grain storages and/or available grain harvests) that can be grouped by Farm, Crop Type or Variety to assist with managing your grain (See image below). Grain storage locations are represented by a dark blue Shed icon. An overview of your total stored grain is illustrated through the Grain Distribution chart and is updated as the grain storage group is changed. This identifies the breakdown of grain sources currently available. Users can view any grain sales that have been recorded in the last six months from the Grain Sales chart. This provides a visual graphic of the daily revenue received from recorded grain sales for the last six months.

Available Grain Sources

Grain sources on the My Grain page exist as either grain harvest operations which have been recorded in My Paddocks or grain that currently resides in any one of your grain storages.

Grain Harvests

Paddock specific grain harvest details are green coloured that appear at the top of the group. Harvest details include paddock name, farm name, variety, crop type, grade and harvested quantity (based on yield and harvested area) (See image below). This enables the user to action harvests by either ‘Transfer’ into a storage location, ‘Sell’ directly to a cash sale or ‘Remove’ from the list and ignore. Only harvest operations that have occurred in the last two years will appear in the list. Once grain harvest sources have been 100% transferred or sold, they no longer appear in the list of grain sources.

Storage Locations - Empty Fill Status

For storage locations that do not have grain stored, an empty fill status will be shown (See image below). Using the 'Fill' activity, grain can be moved into a silo from an external source. To add grain to a listed storage from either an available harvest operation or from another grain storage location, use the 'Transfer' operation and select the tonnage to be transferred.

Storage Locations - Active Grain Fill Status

For storage locations that currently have an active grain fill status, details of the grain including variety, crop type and grade, stored quantity and the last operation recorded (including date) will be visible (See image below). The options to 'Transfer' or 'Sell' grain from this storage location are easily accessible to enable grain transactions to be quickly recorded.

 

 

Grain Management Operations

Grain operations can be entered from the My Grain summary page which enables multiple sources to be selected. Grain management operations can be applied to multiple sources to reduce data entry time.

The following grain management operations can be recorded:

  • Aerate - Aeration operations can be recorded for one or more storage locations. This provides the date, aeration type, duration (hours) and additional comments to be recorded.
  • Clean – Cleaning operations can be recorded for one or more storage locations providing the ability to identify the date of application and cleaning pesticide products used.
  • Fill – The Fill operation provides the ability to add grain to a single storage location. This enables off-farm grain sources such as seed or feed grain to be added to a storage location to maintain traceability.
  • Inspect – Inspection operations can be recorded for single storage locations to monitor grain quality parameters including moisture, protein and temperature for example.
  • Pesticide – Enables the recording of fumigation for one or many storages. Details of fumigation including application date, pesticide product and rate are all captured.
  • Sell – Cash sales can be recorded to include one or many grain sources from available harvests or storages. Details including quantity, grain source(s), buyer, price and date are all captured to ensure traceability of each grain sale transaction.
  • Transfer – Enables multiple grain sources of the same crop type to be transferred to another storage location. This operation allows harvested grain to be moved to a particular storage or enables grain to be transferred from one storage to another.
  • Adjust – Provides the ability to reset one or many storage locations to zero or adjust the quantity or grade details.

The process of 'Transferring' or 'Selling' multiple sources of grain can be summarised as a two stage process. The below example shows this process for a 'Sell' action that sources grain from both a storage location and from an available harvest.

Stage 1: Selecting the grain sources

Only grain sources that have common crop types can be selected. Once a crop type is chosen, the system only provides common grain sources to be available for selection. Once selected, the grain sources appear as orange highlighted rows (See image below). Click 'Next' to proceed to the following page to determine quantity and destination details for the action.

Stage 2: Selecting the grain quantity

After selecting the grain sources, a new window appears to enable you to determine how much grain you would like to select to fulfill the 'Transfer' or 'Sell' action. The quantity of grain available is shown as a dynamic slider bar representing quantity selected from available grain for that source. A 'Total Quantity' value summarises the total amount of grain selected (See image below). To finalise the operation, populate the remaining details and click 'Save'.

My Grain - Storage Diary

Clicking on the individual storage name or ‘Details’ menu provides a log of all grain management operations recorded for that storage location. These operations are listed in order of most recent to oldest to provide a current fill status for the storage location. Each grain operation is coloured light blue with a relevant icon to highlight the operation type. Storage operations can be added from both the summary page and the storage diary page to enable recording multiple and one-off storage specific operations. For each management operation listed, the main details are provided with the operation type. To view additional details, click ‘More’ to expand (See image below). Note the 'Transfer In' and 'Inspect Storage' operations have been expanded to show more details such as the sources for the transfer and grain quality details of the inspection recorded. Grain operations can be easily edited and deleted to maintain an accurate record of grain handling management operations.

The fill status graphic provides an overview of the storage’s current fill status showing tonnage stored, variety, crop type and grade (See image below). Details of the storage location are also visible and are easily edited and updated. Editing the physical location of grain storage’s is only done from My Farm through the Edit Farm process.

NOTE: All operations can be edited or deleted. Deleting a grain operation will reverse the effect of the operation which potentially could incorrectly change the current fill status. If you notice the fill stauts to be incorrect, use the 'Adjust' operation to manually adjust the fill status.

My Grain - Contracts & Sales

Keeping track of outgoing grain is important for determining quantities delivered and revenue received whilst maintaining the ability to self-audit and provide trace-back when required. The Contracts & Sales tab enables all grain sales and contracts in your ProductionWise account to be managed in one location. New Contracts can be generated and delivered and provides the ability for cash sales to be recorded. Any cash sales entered from the My Grain summary or storage diary pages are listed under Grain Sales, showing the most recent sale first.

Details of each transaction including crop type, grade, destination details, delivery date, quantity sold, price/tonne and revenue received are shown to provide easy access to relevant information of past sales. To view the sources relating to each transaction, click 'More' to expand the details to provide a full listing of grain sources.

The below image provides details of the Contracts & Sales tab showing how Undelivered Contracts are seperated from Cash or Contract Sales that have actually been accounted for.

Adding a Contract

New contracts can only be added from the Contracts & Sales page and can be recorded when a contract is negotiated and locked in or in a single process when delivery occurs. When recording a contract, the required fields need to be added prior to saving. Other contract details can be added at a later date to provide full flexibility to the grower (See image below).

ProductionWise enables contracts to be entered as they are determined at the start and throughout the season. Recording a contract sale is a two-step process.

STEP 1: A new contract needs to be generated from the Contracts & Sales page providing the ability to record the known details of the contract. The required details for the contract form are:

  • Contract Date - Approximate delivery date of contract
  • Contract Type – Record the contract type from predefined list
  • Buyer – Select a buyer (or Other) from the predefined list
  • Delivery Location (AUS Only) - Select a location (or Other) from the predefined list
  • Crop – Select a crop type to apply to the contract

Other optional details that can be included in the contract are:

  • Variety
  • Grade
  • Price ($/t)
  • Quantity (t)
  • Contract Number

Once a contract is saved, it becomes visible as an ‘Undelivered Contract’ on the Contracts & Sales page highlighting specific details of the contract.

 

STEP 2: To finalise an Undelivered Contract, click ‘Deliver’ and new page will appear (See image below). This outlines the contract details and automatically provides available grain sources for the contracted crop type from either recent grain harvests or grain currently stored at a nominated location. When selecting the grain sources to deliver the contract, one or more available grain sources can be nominated and the sale quantity can be adjusted according to the sources used to fulfil the contract. An ‘External Source’ option is always presented to enable contracts to be delivered using grain that has been acquired off-farm. After selecting the grain sources, additional details are required to finalise the contract sale. If the ‘Total Quantity’ is less than or greater than the contracted tonnage, a safety check box of ‘Allow Under/Over delivery’ is required to be checked to ensure the user is aware the Total Quantity is different to the contracted amount. Delivered Grade automatically populates and the provisions for amending the delivered grade; price and date are available if adjustments are required.

Contracts can be finalised or 'Delivered' when the contract is recorded or when the contract delivery date is reached. Once a contract has been finalised, it will no longer appear in 'Undelivered Contracts' and will appear under 'Grain Sales'.

Editing/Deleting a Contract

Contracts can be edited or deleted at any time and should a finalised contract be deleted, it will re-appear back in the 'Undelivered Contracts' table. To remove a contract entirely from the system, it needs to be deleted from the 'Undelivered Contracts' table.

Creating a Vendor Declaration

ProductionWise now enables grain vendor declarations to be easily generated through the My Reports page 'Export' button. Using a standardised template, the information added when recording paddock operations and grain storage operations can now populate the vendor declaration form to show specific inputs used on a parcel of grain. The purpose of the vendor declaration is to enable growers to accurately quantify the inputs applied to grain in the paddock or whilst in storage to provide detailed evidence of paddock and grain management practices used.

Not all fields in the template are pre-populated so additional details can be entered manually by the user to ensure all information is accurate and correct. 

How to generate a Vendor Declaration Form

  1. Simply modify the filter(s) on the My Reports page to show all operations that were performed on the selected paddock(s) and/or on-farm grain storage(s) (some adjustments may be required on the filters to obtain the correct outputs) (See Image Below)
  2. Click Export to Vendor Declaration
  3. Open generated vendor declaration spreadsheet and fill in any additional details not captured by ProductionWise (See Image Below)
  4. Save, print, sign and send with grain delivery

NOTE: Vendor declaration forms are saved locally to your device. They are not saved to your ProductionWise account.

 

The image below shows how the filters can be 'built up' to include a variety of selections.

 

The image below shows a generated vendor declaration form from the filter selections above.

 

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My Reports


About My Reports

My Reports enables ProductionWise growers (and their advisors) the flexibility to report on operations and inputs for both paddock and grain storage information in a consistent and user friendly format. 

Generating paddock operation/input reports is easy through the ability to query any operation and/or inputs for any Farm, Paddock, Crop Type, Variety, Operation Type, Material or Product within a date range you have entered in My Paddocks including planned operations (See Image Below). Multiple queries can be built to enable comprehensive reports to be generated for inventory useage, assessing the cost of operations between set dates, identifying when a product was last sprayed on a paddock to determine withholding period status etc.

Alternatively, grain storage reports can be generated from the operations/inputs that have been recorded in My Grain. Information such as Farm, Storage name, Crop Type, Variety or storage operation can be queried to generate a custom report. Both paddock and grain storage reports can be generated simultaneously.

The results from the search will be visible below in the Report Viewer ordered by Farm, Paddock and Operation Date. Users can print the reports, export to .PDF or .CSV spreadsheet format or send to an email recipient for further reference.

My Reports - Required Information

Ensure all paddock information is entered in My Diary as this data is sourced when an an operation report is requested from the My Reports page.

My Reports - Step by Step

Report Designer

  1. Select the Start and Finsh dates you wish to view operations for
  2. Select a specific Farm or All Farms
  3. Choose the required Crop Type or All Crops
  4. Select a specific variety (only if a Crop Type is selected)
  5. Select a Paddock or All Paddocks based on the Farm selected
  6. View 'All Operations' or select an individual operation from the list
  7. Select a specific Material type if required
  8. Based on the Material selected, choose a product from the list
  9. Click Search

NOTE: Modify the selections in the Report Designer to further refine the report outputs

Report Viewer

  1. Operation details from the search should be visible
  2. Click on the Printer icon to print the Report Viewer page
  3. Click on the PDF icon to save the report as a digital file
  4. To save as .CSV spreadsheet format, click the green spreadsheet icon
  5. Click on the envelope icon to email the output report page to a specified recipient
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Manage Your Account


About My Account

 

Users can manage their ProductionWise account settings through the My Account page on the left menu or using the link at the top of the page.

Account holders can;

    • View Details - Provides registration details including a summary of the farms and infrastructure setup in the account
    • Change Details - Enables users to edit contact details or address information
    • Change User Name - Users can change their user name details
    • Change Email - Users can modify email details
    • Change Password - Users can change password details
    • Manage Advisors - Users can connect with their advisor if they are registered with ProductionWise (Links to notify your advisor of ProductionWise are clearly defined).

When changes are made to any of the details, email notifications are automatically sent to the registered email address.

Advisor Connection - Step by Step

  1. To add an advisor, click Manage Advisor to see a list of advisors currently configured to ProductionWise. Alternatively, users can browse the Advisor list by clicking Find an Advisor page in the left column of the home screen.
  2. If your advisor is not configured, enter their email address and an email will be sent to your advisor to notify them to get configured to ProductionWise. It is advised that you contact your advisor independently to discuss the grower/advisor arrangement in ProductionWise.
  3. To search for an advisor, please enter a valid advisor name, company name or email address.
  4. Your search result should list the advisor. Click the Connect icon to notify the advisor of the connection request.
  5. The advisor will be notified that your have linked with them and they can accept (or deny) the request.
  6. To remove a connection with an advisor, click Remove Association With Advisor button and an email will be sent to the advisor notifying them of the removal.
  7. An advisor or grower can remove the link at any time and all existing information such as reports and messages that have been created during the connection will remain saved and accessible in the system.
  8. A grower can only have one advisor configured to their account at any time.
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Advisor Reports


About Advisor Recommendation Reports

The Advisor Recommendations page allows growers to view and email recommendation reports created by their connected advisors. These reports contain observations or recomendations (or both) which were submitted to you by your advisor. The Current Recommendations Reports table displays a listing of all reports created by the growers advisor for the selected Farm (See Image Below). The table also displays details regarding each reports status including a tally of recommendations and how many have been actioned in the growers diary.

Advisor Recommendation Reports - Step by Step

  1. Go to Recommendations page in the left menu
  2. Select a Farm to view Recommendation reports for
  3. Sort the table by clicking any one of the headings
  4. To view the report as pdf format, click on the Export icon
  5. To email the report, click on the Mail icon and enter the recipient name and email details
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Messages


About Messages

The Messages page allows users to send and receive messages from their linked advisor. New messages will be emailed to the user and displayed on this page for future reference. A number icon will be displayed next to the page name if there are outstanding unread messages the user has not viewed (See Image Below).

Messages - Required Information

Users/advisors can start messaging or reply to their advisor/grower message when necessary.

Messages - Step by Step

  1. Click the New Message button to start a conversation with your advisor/grower
  2. Select the recipient from the list and type your message
  3. Click Send to submit the message, the advisor/grower will be alerted via email that they have received a new message
  4. To continue an existing conversation click on the advisors/growers name to view the conversation
  5. Use the text field to type a reply and click Reply
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Crop Tracker


About Crop Tracker

 

The Crop TrackerTM page incorporates a variety of climatic, farm management and biomass information as well as the world recognised APSIM yield simulation model for any selected paddock on your farm displayed as a time line within a given season. The first chart provides information which includes paddock operations that have been entered in My Paddocks and overlaying selected climatic information for your farm. The second chart provides the biomass/Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) from actual satellite monitoring with APSIM yield predictions of the selected paddock and Production Year (See image Below).

GrainGrowers provides climatic information over any point in Australia to assist growers in making informed decisions on climate influences which ultimately play an intergral role in maximising farm productivity. With this in mind, the Crop TrackerTM page provides climate information over the selected farm for any Production Year back to and including 1984.

The Crop TrackerTM  climate parameters offered at decadal (10 day) time period include:

  • Rainfall - Total rainfall observed during 10 day period
  • Frost - Total number of days below 0 degrees celcius during 10 day period
  • Heat Stress - Total number of days 30 degrees celcius and above during 10 day period
  • Growing Degree Days - Cumulative average temperature per 10 day period
  • Actual Evapotranspiration - Total evapotranspiration during 10 day period
  • FAO Soil Moisture - 10 day average soil water (mm) for your farm from the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO 56)
  • APSIM Soil Moisture - 10 day average soil water (mm) for your farm from the APSIM model

Biomass or NDVI is determined by continuous satellite imagery monitoring and displayed as a decadal (10 day period) maximum for the selected paddock. NDVI is a measure of green vegetation reflectance from a surface using near-infrared and infrared bands. This parameter is an indicator of crop biomass, health and Leaf Area Index (LAI). Biomass is a measure in the range -1 to 1, typical values experienced when monitoring crop growth are:

  • Crop or bare ground inundated by water (i.e. flooding) < 0.2
  • Bare ground 0.2 - 0.3
  • Early crop growth 0.3 - 0.6
  • Late crop growth 0.6 - 0.9

APSIM yield simulations are generated for wheat, barley, canola and oats once a sowing operation is entered and updated when new operations and inputs are added to My Paddocks. The APSIM yield simulations are plotted on the second chart for the length of the growing season highlighted by the green window (See Image Below). APSIM yield simulations are automatically generated and updated as the season progresses.  For previous years, the APSIM model will provide simulated yield predictions based on the climatic variables that were recorded, operations that were added and pre-season soil test nutrient analysis.

For more detailed information on APSIM, please see the APSIM Yield Model Help Item.

Crop Tracker - Required Information

Enter a sowing operation and any associated inputs with an APSIM supported crop type, variety and grain purpose, pre season soil test into My Paddocks to trigger the APSIM yield simulation model to run.

As the season progresses, enter other operations and inputs as required to automatically re-trigger the APSIM yield simulation model. Users can view the range of APSIM yield predictions in response to additional climatic influences and farm operations.

Crop Tracker - Step by Step

Enter the required details to trigger the APSIM yield simulator and continue to record operations and inputs in My Paddocks as they are completed to generate the most accurate yield predictions throughout the season.

To view a different climatic variable in the chart, select the appropriate parameter from the climatic selection bar.

To change paddocks, select the appropriate paddock from the drop down list or click on the actual mapped paddock in the map viewer.

Crop TrackerTM provides previous seasons crop development curves for any paddock mapped in your ProductionWise account.

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APSIM Yield Simulator


About APSIM

APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator) software is a modular modelling framework that has been developed by APSRU (Agricultural Production Systems Research Unit) in Australia. APSIM is internationally recognised as a highly advanced simulator of agricultural systems. It contains a suite of modules which enable the simulation of systems that cover a range of plant, animal, soil, climate and management interactions.

The APSIM Initiative is an unincorporated joint venture between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the State of Queensland, through its Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and The University of Queensland (UQ). The APSIM model is in continual development with new capability added to regular releases of official versions over time. Its development and maintenance is underpinned by rigorous science and software engineering standards.

APSIM was developed to simulate biophysical processes in farming systems, particularly as it relates to the economic and ecological outcomes of management practices in the face of climate risk.

The implementation of APSIM into ProductionWise enables growers and their advisors to conveniently monitor and assess potential yield scenarios based on farm management practices and climatic influences throughout the season.  The APSIM yield model uses farm specific integrated climatic data and paddock specific observations, operations and inputs to provide an accurate yield potential assessment that growers can use to make informed farm management decisions.

Within ProductionWise, the APSIM model runs independently of the PYCAL model.

APSIM - Step 1: User Data Requirements

What is required to see an accurate yield prediction?

To maximise the full potential of the APSIM model, the following paddock operations have the greatest effect on the yield predictions.

Presowing Operations

  • Soil Characterisation - Select the appropriate soil characterisation for a paddock when setting up your farm
  • Previous Crop - Ensure the previous seasons crop was entered including a harvest operation and achieved yield
  • Cultivations - Ensure pre-sowing cultivation activities have been recorded as this effects soil moisture loss
  • Soil Test - A critical component to provide baseline nutrient levels for each paddock (See additional details below)

Sowing Operation

  • Ensure an APSIM supported Crop Type (Wheat, Barley, Canola, Oats) and Variety has been recorded
  • To see the following options, Click the Advanced Tab when entering the Sowing operation
    • Ensure Purpose is set to Grain
    • Ensure Row Spacing (mm) is entered
    • Ensure Sowing Depth (mm) is entered
  • Sowing Inputs - Inputs applied at sowing such as fertiliser have large effects on yield results

Post Sowing Operations

  • Observations - Enables Plant Density (plants/m2) to be recorded
  • Fertiliser Applications - Additional nutrient loads should be recorded to see crop and yield response effects

If you have added these details for your paddocks, you will be providing all that is required to generate the most accurate yield predictions.

Soil Nutrient Data

To successfully run an APSIM simulation you must first obtain a pre-season soil test to a depth of 1 metre. The table below shows the required nutrients and sample depths for entering into the ProductionWise paddock diary soil test operation.

Sample Depth Nitrate Nitrogen (mg/kg) Ammonium Nitrogen (mg/kg)
0 - 10cm x x
10 - 40cm x x
40 - 70cm x x
70 - 100cm x x

Any soil sampling service/company that captures the above required information can be used to obtain quality soil tests.

Incitec Pivot provides a soil test option for testing only nitrate and ammonium, to request this test contact your local Nutrient Advantage accredited advisor and quote test code YP1H20.

CSBP also provides a soil test option for testing only nitrate and ammonium, to request this test contact your local CSBP representative.

Other Soil & Climate Data

All soil characterisation, soil moisture and climate data is provided to the model automatically, users are not required to provide any further data than the above mentioned annual soil tests and your daily paddock operations and inputs.

APSIM - Step 2: Farm and Paddock Setup

Where?

This component is done through the My Farm page.

What is required?

Mapping your paddocks digitally (digitising) is the initial step and forms the foundation of the paddock diary entry and provides the necessary spatial reference to deliver climate and biophysical data for the model to run.

How to select the closest APSIM Soil Type (Soil characterisation test)?

When setting up your farm with new or existing paddocks, users can determine which closest APSIM characterisation test (APSIM Soil Type) best defines the soil characteristics of each of your paddocks.  To improve the accuracy of the model, users should select the most appropriate or 'closely related' soil type. This outlines a number of critical parameters including soil depth, plant available water capacity, pH and bulk density to run the model effectively. By default the closest APSIM Soil Type to your paddock will be selected (this may not provide accurate model outputs).

APSIM - Step 3: Initial Simulation & Drilling of Climate Data

Where?

Simulations are triggered by entering/editing operations in the My Paddocks page.

What is required?

Sowing Operation:

To initially trigger a simulation, each paddock must have a sowing operation with the following fields populated;

  • Crop Type: Currently, simulations can only be run for Wheat, Barley, Canola or Oats
  • Crop Variety: Select a variety from the list which is APSIM supported
  • Grain Purpose: For the APSIM model to run, Grain Purpose must be set to 'Grain'.  All other Grain purpose types will not trigger a simulation

Once a sowing operation has been entered for a paddock with the necessary selections, the APSIM model will trigger and begin the simulation.

The time taken to run the initial simulation (including climate data drilling) will be approximately 1 hour.

APSIM - Step 4: Simulation Triggers

There are a number of actions in ProductionWise that trigger the APSIM model to regenerate simulations:

  • Every decade (10 day period) during the season the model will automatically update simulations
  • Editing the paddock boundary
  • Expanding your farm to include additional paddocks
  • Editing the paddocks APSIM soil type (Soil characterisation test)
  • Adding or editing a pre-sowing soil test
  • Adding or editing paddock operations and inputs
  • Adding or editing planned (future) operations and inputs in the current year

The time taken to update previously run simulations is approximately 5 minutes

There are a number of user actions which will STOP the APSIM yield model from running.

  • Adding a Grain Harvest operation
  • Adding a Forage Harvest operation
  • Adding a Grazing Harvest operation
  • Editing the sowing operation to an unsupported setting

APSIM - Viewing Results

Results from the APSIM model simulator can be viewed in the Crop Tracker page only.

They will appear on the biomass chart displayed as a range of yield values (20th, median & 80th percentile) for each decade (10 day period) throughout the season.

As the season progresses with climate information automatically integrated and as operations are added to My Paddocks, new simulations will be calculated and visible on the Crop Tracker page (See Image below)

APSIM simulations can be run on paddocks that were cropped in a previous season also.  Provided the APSIM supported crop type and variety are selected, simulation will reflect the operations entered into My Paddocks and the recorded climatic variables that occurred for the respective year.

Crop Tracker with APSIM Yield Simulation Example

What does the chart tell me?

  • It provides a range of low (red), medium (orange) and high (yellow) yield values for each 10 day period
  • Provides a time stamp (AEST) in the chart heading showing the last time a simulation has run for the paddock selected
  • Crop development monitoring of NDVI biomass is displayed as green values
  • By hovering the mouse pointer over a point, the corresponding yield predictions, biomass value and selected climatic parameter value become visible
  • Yield predictions will be heavily influenced by moisture availability, climatic variations, nutrient availablity and timing of operations
  • Planned operations are coloured purple which trigger the APSIM model to provide future yield predictions for scenario planning purposes

APSIM - Important Things to Note

  • The APSIM yield simulator is highly complex and generally requires a short amount of time to compute simulations. The time period from when simulations are triggered to a visible result can vary depending on the processing requirements.

  • Please be patient and continue checking the Crop Tracker page to see the updated simulations. A notification of the last simulation run is recorded on the top of the Crop tracker chart and also gives a status if the model is running.

  • APSIM simulation yield outputs are a dry weight, all simulations have been corrected to assume 12.5% grain moisture.

  • The simulations provided are by no means a definative reflection of end-of-season outcome. All simulations are indicative only and represent the best available predictions based on the information that is available to the APSIM model.

  • All APSIM outputs assume that best management practices are maintained to control weeds, pests and diseases as poor management of these biotic stresses are not factored into this model.

APSIM - Troubleshooting

1. Why hasn’t the APSIM simulation Run?

When entering Sowing information in My Paddocks;

  • Have I sown an APSIM specific Crop Type?
  • Have I sown an APSIM specific variety?
  • Have I selected 'Grain' as the crop purpose?

2. What if the simulation runs but no result is returned?

Please ensure you have refreshed your Crop Tracker session by clicking on the Crop Tracker page in the left menu.

3. What are the biggest influencing factors on the APSIM model?

The model requires an appropriate APSIM soil type (Characterisation Test) to be selected to provide base soil parameters for the model to simulate from. See 'Phase 1' help details for more information.

A pre-sowing soil test to a depth of 1 metre per paddock is essential to set the initial nitrate nitrogen and ammonium nitrogen.

Record plant density for your crop through 'Add Observation' in My Paddocks to provide the model an accurate assessment of number of plants per square meter.

4. How can I ensure APSIM Model predictions are as accurate as possible?

Ensure all operations and inputs per paddock are entered into My Paddocks as the season progresses. This will provide the APSIM model with critical information to determine the most accurate yield predictions are displayed.

5. Can I add my own climate data to run the APSIM model?

No, the APSIM model is automatically driven from the daily spatial climate archive that underpins ProductionWise. The climate data is automatically 'drilled' for your farm location from national climate grids. This provides the model with a climate archive from 1955 of various climate variables for your given location.

6. Still experiencing problems?

Please send through a feedback message detailing your;

  • Farm
  • Paddock Name
  • Production Year
  • Season

This will provide customer support the required details to assist with troubleshooting your issue.

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Seasonal Climate


About Seasonal Climate

 

GrainGrowers generates a variety of climatic grids to enable fast and effective data analysis and query. This climatic data is sourced from the Bureau of Meterology as individual station observations collected since 1955 and processed using an internationally recognised computer algorithm for creating grid surfaces to enable 99% climatic coverage across Australia at 1 square kilometer resolution. The climate grids maintained by GrainGrowers are updated daily and additional time steps such as decadal periods (10 day summary) and derivative products are calculated to provide relative statistics according to all historic observations of a given parameter at any given location.

With a great deal of variation and seperation bewteen many meterological monitoring sites, GrainGrowers provides climatic information over any point in Australia to assist growers in making informed decisions on climate influences which ultimately play an intergral role in maximising farm productivity. With this in mind, the Seasonal Climate page provides climate information over the selected farm for any Production Year back to and including 1984. Users can view climatic data through chart, table or in an animated sequence of state scale maps by clicking on the  or links.

The Seasonal Climate parameters offered at decadal time period include:

  • Rainfall - Total rainfall observed during 10 day period
  • Maximum Temperature - Highest temperature observed during 10 day period
  • Minimum Temperature - Lowest temperature observed during 10 day period
  • Average Temperature - Average temperature observed during 10 day period
  • Actual Evapotranspiration - Total evapotranspiration during 10 day period
  • Soil Moisture* - Average plant available soil moisture during 10 day period
  • Soil Moisture Percentage - Shows the calculated plant available soil moisture with respect to the average plant available water capacity (PAWC) of the soil profile (animation map only)

* The average plant available water capacity (PAWC) of the dominant soil type for your farm is determined once paddocks are digitised in My Farm. To view the dominant soil type and PAWC, go to My Farm and click button. Readily available water (RAW) is an additional soil moisture parameter displayed for your selected paddock along with PAWC. RAW is the readily available water in the root zone, calculated as a fraction of the PAWC that can be depleted from the root zone before moisture stress. RAW differs from one crop to another, normally ranging from 0.3 for shallow rooted plants at high rates of evapotranspiration to 0.7 for deep rooted plants at low rates of evapotranspiration.

ProductionWise uses the winter cereal threshold (RAW = 0.55 x PAWC).

Seasonal Climate - Chart

The View Chart link displays the climatic information for the selected farm in two chart views. This is the default page for the Seasonal Climate page. The user can select the Production Year from the menu and view climatic details for that year (See Image Below). For example, the first chart displays the actual decadal (10 day period) rainfall values against the historical median for the given location. The second chart displays the decadal (10 day period) percentile rank of the rainfall value calculated by ranking all values (largest to smallest) in history (back to 1955) for the given location.  For example, the rainfall value observed for the decadal period of mid May was 8mm and the percentile rank of this value 32% (See image Below). The median value (or 50th Percentile) in all history for this location for mid may is 14mm.  Thus, for this location, for mid May, 68% of historic rainfall values were greater than 8mm.

Seasonal Climate Chart - Required Information

No input is required on the Seasonal Climate Chart link.

Seasonal Climate Chart - Step by Step

To view charts showing different climatic parameters for your selected Farm, select the appropriate climatic parameter from the drop down list.

Seasonal Climate - Animation

The View Animation link displays the selected climatic parameter in an animated sequence of decadal (10 day period) images. The animation displays all twelve months of decadal images from the most current complete decade. The state shown in the map corresponds to the location of your farm. The animation can be stepped through manually or played in sequence (See Image Below).

The animation maps provide state views of the following climatic parameters:

  • Rainfall
  • Maximum Temperature
  • Minimum Temperature
  • Average Temperature
  • Actual Evapotranspiration
  • Soil Moisture Percentage

Seasonal Climate Animation - Required Information

No input is required on the Seasonal Climate Animation link.

Seasonal Climate Animation - Step by Step

To view maps showing different climate parameters for your farm, select the appropriate parameter from the drop down menu.

  1. Click the play button to begin the animation
  2. Click the stop button to end the animation
  3. Click the step left and step right buttons to manually scroll through the images

Seasonal Climate - Data Table

The View Data link displays the climatic information as a table for the selected parameter. The table uses a decadal time step (10 day period) to display the actual value, percentile rank and median statistics for the selected parameter. If the current year is selected, the table displays the last 12 month period from the current decade. If an historical year is selected, the view displays only the selected complete year from January to December. Selected season total functionality allows you to define your own growing season rainfall or actual evapotranspiration total by clicking on the radio buttons that correspond to the start and end decades of your season. The total for the selected period is displayed at the bottom of the table along with the 12 month total. This functionality is not available for temperature or soil moisture parameters (See Image Below).

 

 

Seasonal Climate Data Table - Required Information

No input is required on the Seasonal Climate View Data link.

Seasonal Climate Data Table - Step by Step

  1. Select the desired climatic parameter to view in the table
  2. To view rainfall or evapotranspiration season totals, click the Start radio button corresponding to the decade (10 day period) you wish to set as the beginning of your growing season.
  3. Click the End radio button corresponding to the decade (10 day period) that you wish to set as the end of your growing season.
  4. View Selected Season Total at the bottom of the table (See Image Above).

 

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Drought Monitor


About Drought Monitor

Australia is widely known for its susceptibility to climate extremes and no other industry bares the consequences of these conditions like the grain growers of Australia. To provide relevant information at farm level, GrainGrowers implemented the internationally peer reviewed Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Combined Drought Index for Australia. This is now available as GrainGrowers Australian Drought Monitor.

Utilising GrainGrowers extensive national archive of high resolution spatial grids consisting of rainfall, temperature and normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) data, the drought index is derived through the statistical comparison of how the present conditions (inclusive of the last 12 months) deviate from the multi-year long-term average for the same time period. Drought monitor grids on this page are produced at 1km resolution and updated every 10 days (decadal).

Monitoring Drought On Your Farm

Drought index grids are produced nationally at a spatial resolution of 1km consistent with GrainGrowers suite of climatic and biophysical data provided in ProductionWise. As new source data becomes available, new Drought Index grids are generated every 10 days to provide a current drought status for your farm's location.

The Australian Drought Monitor in ProductionWise provides a farm specific view of drought severity for the last 12 months. The following table outlines the Drought Index values with the corresponding drought severity description.

Drought Index Value Drought Index Description
 > 1.0  No Drought
0.8 - 0.99 Mild Drought
0.6 - 0.79 Moderate Drought
0.4 - 0.59 Severe Drought
< 0.39 Extreme Drought

 

The following information is provided to monitor the index status and trend for any selected farm to enable proactive farm planning and management as conditions dictate (See Image Below).

  • Current Drought Index: Provides the most recent drought index value for your selected farm

  • Current Drought Description: Based on the table above, the corresponding description for the current drought index

  • Current Drought Trend: Provides an indication of drought trend based on the three most recent drought indicies. The slope of the arrow indicates the degree of trend change based on the values. The colour of the trend box is indicative of the current drought index trend.

    • Blue Trend Box: Indicates conditions are getting better i.e. wetter conditions and/or stabilising temperatures

    • Red Trend Box: Indicates conditions are getting worse i.e drier conditions and/or elevated temperatures

  • Drought Index Chart: Provides a 12 month drought status assessment of your selected farm to monitor the drought index variability and trends. Drought Indicies greater than 2 represent wetter than average conditions and are not shown on the chart.

  • Drought Index Map: Every 10 days, a new drought index grid is generated across Australia and is provided to spatially determine regions that are currently facing below average conditions. Your selected farm's location is highlighted by a pin marker on the map.

 

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Rainfall Outlook


About Rainfall Outlook

GrainGrowers generates a medium to long term rainfall forecast outlook each month across Australia. Using an analogue years, numerical model derived through emperical procedures to synthesise Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) settings, Sea Surface Temperature (SST) conditions and probability distributions of rainfall under post 1955 conditions.

Rainfall forecasts are updated in ProductionWise approximately at the middle of each month.

The Rainfall Outlook page displays a table, image and chart of your farms forecasted rainfall for the next 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9 months. Three rainfall parameters are provided to assist with understanding of the forecast period;

  1. Predicted Rainfall (mm): Indicates the range of rainfall that is forecast for the Predicted Rainfall Decile.
  2. Median Rainfall (mm): The long-term median rainfall for your location for the time period specified. This is generated from data ranging from 1955 to the present year.
  3. Predicted Rainfall Decile: This is the forecast rainfall decile. It is a summary measure that indicates the ranking of a given rainfall forecast for the specific time period into ten equal groups.

Rainfall Outlook Table

Each of the forecast period parameters can be viewed at a National or State scale in the Rainfall Outlook Map. The state view is dependant on the state with which your farm is located. This provides a spatial view of the data for the surrounding areas of your location, state and across Australia. Your farms location is identified on the map shown by the pin.

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Rainfall Outlook - Required Information

No information is required on the Rainfall Outlook page.

Rainfall Outlook - Step by Step

To view a parameter associated with the Rainfall Outlook map, follow these steps; 

  1. Determine the parameter you wish to view in the Rainfall Outlook table
  2. Select which forecast period you wish to view from the table column
  3. Click on the corresponding value of the desired forecast parameter and forecast period (will highlight in orange)
  4. Use the Map View selector to change between national and state view
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Yield & Production


About Yield & Production

The Yield & Production page is divided into two seperate views to assist users in comparing forecasted versus actual production and yield information and contractual status of grain position.  All information displayed and analysed on the Yield & Production page is drawn automatically from data entered in My Paddocks and My Grain including any additional calculated outputs generated using complex agronomic models.

Yield & Production - Farm

The Farm tab displays the Yield & Production table of your crops forecasted yield and production for each paddock on your farm. All paddocks can be viewed seperately or grouped together by crop type or variety to display average yield & production by selecting the desired view from the drop down list (See Image Below) Each column displayed can be sorted according to alphabetic order or largest to smallest by clicking on the column name.

 

Yield & Production Farm - Required Information

No inputs are required on the Yield & Production Farm tab.

Yield & Production Farm - Step by Step

  1. Select the Production Year and Season to be viewed to ensure the selected year has had all paddock information populated in My Paddocks.
  2. From the Table View menu, select between Crop Type, Variety or All Paddocks to display the yield and production data accordingly. Only median forecasted yields generated by APSIM simulations will be visible in the table.  All non APSIM related varieties and crop types will return 0 in the Yield Forecast.
  3. Each column can be sorted from largest to smallest to enable a ranked view of paddock performance.
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Production Profile


About Production Profile

The Production Profile page displays crop specific performance and benchmarking indicators for farm management assessments. The tool is divided into three sections; Yield Profile table, Climatic Comparison chart and Long Term Yield Analysis chart. The purpose of this tool is to compare your farms average yield for the selected crop type against your Local Government Area (LGA) whilst comparing rainfall, crop available moisture (CAM) and water use efficiency (WUE) (See Image Below).

The Crop Type drop down box allows you to change the crop that is displayed in the tables and charts.

The Yield Profile Table displays the farm average yield for the selected Production Year and crop type along with the CAM and WUE calculated for that crop type.  This same data is displayed for the LGA with which your farm is located in.  To see the best performance of your LGA, the Best Year data is displayed and the year is shown to give users an idea of the historic maximum yield achieved at LGA region.

The Climatic Comparison chart provides the 10-daily rainfall assessment between your farm and the LGA year that the best yield for the selected crop type was recorded.

The Long Term Yield Analysis section provides users the abily to profile their yield history for the selected crop type against the reported LGA region value.  a number of statistical metrics using yield data have been derived for both farm and LGA region to comparatively assess farm performance against LGA. 

  • Long Term Yield Average (t/ha) - Farm average of actual yields of the selected crop type that have been entered into My Paddocks

  • Slope of Yield Trend (t/ha/pa) - Slope or rate of change each year for the line of best fit derived from a set of actual yields. Negative trend indicates yields are declining over time.

  • Strike Rate Trended Value (t/ha) - Potential yield corresponding to the last year after a line of best fit has been derived from a set of actual yields.

  • Yield Variability - Long term average yield divided by standard deviation of a set of actual yields. Zero indicates the same yield is achieved each year. Theoretical maximum is 1

The information displayed in the Yield History chart provides users with a graphical representation of the same data displayed in the table and assists with determining farm performance with respect to LGA performance. 

As rainfall is a major contributing factor to production outcome, a farm versus LGA rainfall comparison is displayed to view changes in annual rainfall totals historically to 1984.  This enables users to assess if rainfall received on the selected farm is greater or less than the received rainfall for the LGA.  This can also be used to assess if your farms location within the LGA receives above, below or on-par with the LGA annual rainfall average (See Image Below).

Production Profile - Required Information

To be able to view the Production Profile tool, you must provide a minimum of one harvest operation for a paddock in My Paddocks.

Only the crop types that have been recorded in My Paddocks for the selected year will be profiled on the page.

The more information added into the diary, the greater the benefit for assessing farm versus LGA profile comparisons.

Production Profile - Step by Step

To change the production profile chart, select the crop type from the drop down menu.

To view a different Production Year, select the desired year from the drop down box in the viewer.

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Gross Margin Analysis


About Gross Margin Analysis

 

The Paddock View Gross Margin Analysis displays a gross margin template automatically populated with expenditure costs from My Paddocks such as operations, labour and inputs of the selected paddock for the selected Production Year and Season. Users can display an overall Farm View or Commodity specific view to assess total production costs and gross margin. A total operation and input cost is pre-calculated with the option of entering additional miscellaneous costs such as levies, end point royalties etc.

The Grain Harvest yield value for the specified paddock is based on the APSIM predicted yield (AUS only) and this is replaced by the actual yield once a grain harvest operation has been entered. Once a Forage Harvest or Grazing operations has been entered into My Paddocks, the yield is populated in the gross margin table.

Manually enter the price per ton (Grain or Forage Harvest) or livestock meat weight (Grazing Harvest) to calculate the generated income and see gross margin results.

For scenario planning purposes, manually change the yield and price to view the implications on the gross margin of different outcome scenarios.   

The Farm View Gross Margin displays all information relating to income earned, expenditure on operations, inputs and miscellaneous items to assess whole farm cost of production and gross margins. The user can expand or collapse the various components to see all itemised entries.  The gross margins per paddock can also be viewed in the map viewer as a colour coded overlay with dark blue to light blue colour ramp depicting highest to lowest gross margin indicating which paddocks are the most profitable.

The Gross Margin page is a decision support tool used to track the running costs of production during the season to help make informed operational and input decisions based on the current grain price and APSIM generated predicted yield.

All information displayed in the Gross Margin tables are exportable to spreadsheet format (.csv) for further use.

Gross Margin Analysis - Required Information

Prerequisites before using the Gross Margin Analysis page

  1. Operation costs per hectare entered in My Paddocks
  2. Input costs per unit entered in My Paddocks

Gross Margin Analysis - Paddock View Page

  1. Yield - If no APSIM yield prediction or harvested yield has been provided, this must be entered
  2. Price - The user is required to enter the current market or contracted price
  3. Miscellaneous costs - Add any additional costs incurred during the season as a total cost (not cost/ha)

Gross Margin Analysis - Paddock View - Step by Step

My Paddocks

  1. Select the desired Farm, Paddock, Year and Season to enter cropping data 
  2. Enter all operations performed on the paddock and the cost per hectare
  3. Enter all inputs associated with the operations and the cost per unit
  4. For Grain Harvest, Forage Harvest or Grazing Operations, enter the corresponding yield

Gross Margin Analysis

  1. Adjust the yield per hectare if required
  2. Enter the price for either harvest or grazing operation
  3. Add any additional costs of production (as total) in the miscellaneous row

NOTE: If a Grain, Forage or Grazing harvest operation has been recorded in My Paddocks, the yield associated with these operations will remain in the yield box. Users can manually enter values into the yield box however the recorded harvest yields will override the manually entered values once the page is closed.  This rule also applies if the Grain Harvest yield box is populated with a value generated from the APSIM yield. The value can be manually changed however the APSIM yield prediction value will override the manually entered yield value.

Gross Margin Analysis - Farm View / Commodity View - Step by Step

  1. Ensure all farm operations and inputs per paddock have been entered into My Paddocks
  2. In the Paddock View, make any necessary adjustments to the yield, price and miscellaneous items (for Grain Harvest, Forage Harvest or Grazing operations, yield will be automatically populated in the Gross Margins).

Farm View

  1. Select Farm View, in the Sown Crop box select 'All' to assess aggregated income, expenditure and gross margin for whole of farm
  2. To expand or collapse income, operations and input fields, check/uncheck the boxes in the top right of the Gross Margins page
  3. To view/hide the margins on the map, check/uncheck the corresponding box. 
  4. Hover the mouse over the individual paddocks to display the gross margins on the map

Commodity View

  1. Select Farm View, in the Sown Crop box select the appropriate crop to assess aggregated income, expenditure and gross margin for that crop type
  2. To expand or collapse income, operations and input fields, check/uncheck the boxes in the top right of the Gross Margins page
  3. To view/hide the margins on the map, check/uncheck the corresponding box. 
  4. Only the Gross Margins for the selected sown crop will be displayed on the map
  5. Hover the mouse over the selected paddocks to display the gross margins on the map
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ADVISOR - Settings


About Settings

The Settings page allows advisors to configure a reporting template detailing company logo, contact details and any other information in the header and footer fields. Advisors can also nominate additional email addresses which receive a copy of all reports created (See Image Below).

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Settings - Required Information

Advisors can setup the reports with their logo as either gif, jpg or png file type, as well as header and footer content. Use the simple formatting tools available to tailor the report header and footer content to your liking. If no content is placed in the footer field for example, this will not be shown in the report template.

Settings - Step by Step

Report Configuration

Logo Details

  1. Click Edit Logo and click Browse to find the logo file on your local drive
  2. The logo will be resized if it is larger than 100x200 pixels to fit the header space
  3. Click Save to save your changes, Cancel to ignore or Delete Logo to remove

Header/Footer Details

  1. Click Edit Header/Footer and enter details such as text and or images as required. 
  2. The text editor provides the ability to tailor the formatting as required. 
  3. Click Save to save your changes or Cancel to ignore

Preview Report

Once the logo, header and footer details have been finalised, click the Preview Report button to view the changes made including styling, formatting and layout

Tips

  • Be creative as most formatting and styling can be replicated using the tools provided
  • Images i.e. logos can also be placed in the header or footer and resized if necessary
  • For company disclaimers, place these in the footer and reduce the text to a small size

Report Emailing

  1. Click Add Report Recipient
  2. Enter Recipient Name and Email Address in the popup screen
  3. Click Save to save the email recipient
  4. Report recipients can be edited or deleted by clicking on the Edit and Delete icons
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ADVISOR - Managing your Growers


Dashboard

Dashboard is the home page for a logged in advisor account. Advisors can view all connected growers and their associated farms in the Google Maps viewer or listed below the map. Farm overview details including name, grower, farm size, report status and last activity recorded are visible to quickly assess the status of each farm (See Image Below). To add a new report, view previously submitted reports or access the growers account, click on the farm name or click details.

Farm Dashboard

The Farm Dashboard is visible once a farm selection is made from the Dashboard page. This provides the advisor the ability to view all the farms associated and manage recommendation reports for the selected grower. 

The advisor has the ability to:

  • View the account details for connected growers
  • Select any farm setup in their account
  • Add new recommendation reports
  • View all submitted and unsubmitted recommendation reports
  • View if the recommendations have been actioned by the grower (See Image Below)
  • View the paddock diary for the selected farm
  • Edit the growers map/paddocks 
  • Query and generate reports on the growers paddock records
  • View the Decision Tools (if subscribed by grower)
  • View the Sprayplanner (if subscribed by grower)

 To return back to the dashboard to view all growers and farms, click on the Dashboard menu item.

Connections

Advisors can manage their grower connections through the Connections page. The Connections page shows the list of connected growers including farm address, phone and email contact details, date the grower last logged into their account and ProductionWise account type (See Image Below). Advisors can directly access a growers account by clicking the View Grower's Account option. To manage a grower, they must have a ProductionWise account setup. To setup a connection, both the grower and the advisor are required to accept any pending connections.

** Please note that a grower can only be connected to one advisor **

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There are two ways an advisor can connect to a grower through the Connections page:

  • Connect to Grower: Advisor notifies the grower via an email to make connection
  • Register New Grower: Advisor can create a ProductionWise account for a grower if they dont already have an account (connection is automatic)
How growers can connect to an advisor:

Growers have the ability to search for advisors registered to ProductionWise. Growers can connect to an advisor which sends a notification email to the advisor of the pending connection. In ProductionWise on the Connections page, a notification is displayed showing the number of pending connections outstanding.

Approving/Denying Connection Requests:

Growers that are pending approval connections will appear on the Connections page under Growers Awaiting Approval. Advisors can 'Approve Grower' to gain full read/write access to their account or 'Deny Grower' to remove the pending request. An email will be sent to the grower notifying them that you have either accepted or denied the connection request.

Removing Connections:

Both advisors and growers have the ability to cancel their connections at any time. Once a growers account is disconnected, an email notification is sent to the grower alerting them of the change. All recommendation reports associated with the disconnected grower remain available to you through the Recommendations page.

 

To Create Recommendation

To create a new recommendation report from the Farm Dashboard page:

  1. Select a farm from the list or the map
  2. Click New Report button
  3. Populate the report title details, click Save
  4. Add a Paddock Group(s), click Save
  5. Add one or many observations to the selected paddock group
  6. Add one or many recommendations to the selected paddock group

Prior to submitting the report, any details on the report can be edited and updated.  

Unsubmitted reports are automatically saved and can be submitted/edited/deleted at any time

Create Report - Required Information

Advisors use this page when they wish to create a paddock report.

The following details can be entered when creating a report:

Add Report

  • Report title
  • Type of consult
  • Inspection date

Paddock Groups

  • Paddock names
  • Undersown
  • Comments
Observations
  • Crop Growth Stage
  • Crop Density (APSIM Trigger)
  • Crop Stress
  • Stress Type
  • Comments

NOTE: When an advisor submits a report with a plant density observation, this will trigger the growers APSIM yield model provided that the necesssary crop type and variety has been sown.

 

Create Report - Step by Step

My Growers Page

  1. Select a grower from the Associated Growers table you wish to create a report for
  2. Click the Add Report button to create a new report
  3. Alternatively you can select an unsubmitted report from the reports table to edit
  4. Complete the Add Report popup details including a title which allows you to uniquely identify the report (e.g. AC0001)
  5. Click Save to continue creating the report

Reports Page

  1. Click the Add Paddock Group button to select paddocks to report on
  2. Complete the Add Paddock Group popup details and click Save
  3. Repeat step 2 to add more paddock groups
  4. Select the desired paddock from the Paddock Groups table
  5. Click Add Observation button for the selected paddock group
  6. Complete the Add Observation popup details and click save
  7. Click Add Recommendation button to add recommendations and inputs for the selected paddock group
  8. Complete the Add Recommendation popup details and click save
  9. If the recommendation requires additional inputs click the Add Input button
  10. Complete the Add Input popup details and click save
  11. Repeat step 5-10 to add observations and recommendations to other paddock groups
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ADVISOR - Recommendations


About Recommendations

The Recommendations page allows advisors to view all reports created for any Grower or Inspection Year. Advisors can View and Print all unsubmitted reports and Export to pdf or email any report that has been submitted. Clicking on the View button displays the full report details, clicking the Print Preview button displays the full report details in a printable format (See Image Below).

Recommendations - Step by Step

Recommendation Reports table filtering

  1. Select a single Grower or Any from the drop down list
  2. Select an Inspection Year from the drop down list
  3. Click Update to filter the Recommendations Reports page
  4. Where more than 10 reports are listed, additional pages can be selected

Unsubmitted Recommendation Reports

Any report with an 'Unsubmitted' status can be viewed, printed, edited or deleted

  1. To Edit the details of an unsubmitted report, click View button in table and click Edit to change any report details and click Save. These edits will change the report details but will not submit the report
  2. Adding/editing Paddock Group information and related observation/recommendation information can be while the report remains Unsubmitted
  3. To Submit an unsubmitted report, click View button in table and click Submit to send recommendation to nominated grower
  4. To Delete an Unsubmitted report, click View button in table and click Delete to remove the report from the table
  5. To Print Preview an unsubmitted report, click Print icon or click View in the table and select Print Preview from the report options and click print on your browser to print the report
  6. Clicking Back to Farm Dashboard will take you back to the Dashboard for the selected grower and farm

Submitted Recommendation Reports

Any reports 'Submitted' can only be exported or emailed as PDF

  1. To Export the details of a submitted report, click Export to PDF icon in table and either Open or Save the file to your computer
  2. To Email the details of a submitted report to a single recipient, click Email icon in table and enter the name and email address for the recipient and click Send
  3. Submitted reports cannot be deleted
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FAQ


ProductionWise - What is it?

www.productionwise.com.au
ProductionWise is an integrated online farm management system that allows you to map your paddocks, record paddock management and grain handling practices and monitor crop development using the advanced paddock diary, Crop TrackerTM, Seasonal Climate and peer reviewed yield forecasting tools.

How is ProductionWise an innovative solution?

ProductionWise is a secure on-line platform developed by Grain Growers Limited that is continuously updated with biophysical and climate information Australia wide so users can track season-to-date climatic observations whilst simultaneously viewing short and long term rainfall forecasts to assist with forward planning decisions. Monitoring soil moisture is a key ingredient for determining ideal crop development throughout the season and is continuously updated across Australia in ProductionWise.  Using an internationally recognised soil moisture model, GrainGrowers computes soil moisture over your farm in conjunction with recorded climate parameters to calculate maximum potential yield for your major cereal crops.  With the implementation of the highly recognised APSIM yield simulation model, accurate yield simulations for crops throughout the season whist simultaneously monitoring crop development as the season progresses. All climate information is automatically populated into ProductionWise and no manual climate data entry is required alleviating the tiresome need to update climate information regularly from distant or irrelevant weather stations.

What data layers are utilised in Productionwise

ProductionWise utilises unique multi-temporal and biophysical reference data spatially relevant to your farm with national coverage. This data is processed and stored securely and updated near-real time for;

  • Topographic layers - Elevation, slope & aspect for each paddock
  • Biophysical parameters - Field capacity, wilting point & crop available soil moisture at 1km grid resolution
  • Climatic parameters - 10-daily rainfall, temperature & evapotranspiration at 1km grid resolution
  • Comparative seasonal crop available soil moisture
  • Satellite biomass (NDVI) response every 10 days at 250m grid resolution

ProductionWise benefits over competitors

  • Any Computer – Any Time – Any Where: Web enabled access – No off-the-shelf software required or costly updates
  • Secure, on-site, encrypted server storage of all sensitive user details and farm information
  • Automatically integrated climatic, topographic and biophysical information – Users are only required to enter information regarding farm details, operations and inputs.
  • Interactive tools using automatically populated climate and biophysical data updated near-real time providing valuable information to farmers and advisors for refining decision processes
  • The only farm management system with APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems Simulator) integration for accurate paddock yield forecasting and scenario planning
  • ProductionWise is the most cost effective farm management system currently available 
  • Seamless advisor/grower communication and reporting
  • Produced by Grain Growers Limited - Australia's leading grain producer organisation 
  • We DO NOT provide your farm information or data to third parties

Product Registration - what are the account type options?

There are three account types in ProductionWise

  • FREE – Registered users only (standard diary functionality - No area limit, infinite registration period)
  • SUBSCRIPTION (Various level) – see below for subscription levels
  • ADVISOR* – For advisors to manage and communicate with growers
    * Advisor accounts are free and linked to grower accounts so they can view the growers operations and inputs (and subscription tools if applicable).

For either free or subscription account holders, the following limitations apply;

  • Farm limit – There is no limit on the number of farms
  • Paddock limit – There is a maximum limit of 70 paddocks per farm
  • Paddock size limit – A single paddock can be no greater than 2,000 ha
  • Paddock-to-paddock distance – The maximum distance from one paddock to another in the same farm is 10km
  • Grain storage limit – There is a maximum limit of 30 storages per farm

Product subscription cost?

There are various levels of subscription depending on the size of the enterprise(s) being mapped in ProductionWise. All subscription levels give users full access to decision support functionality except for Add-on tools.  The limiting parameter between the various subscription levels is the total arable area limit.

  • Grower - Level 1 $550 (Total area limit 5,000Ha, Period of 52 weeks)
  • Grower - Level 2 $1,100 (Total area limit 20,000Ha, Period of 52 weeks)
  • Grower - Corporate $5,500 (No area limit, Period of 52 weeks)

Accessing and Viewing ProductionWise

ProductionWise can be acceessed by any web enabled computer, laptop or tablet device. The site is currently not optimised for smartphone devices.

The ProductionWise Farm Manager App is a free 'Companion App' to the website enbling growers to enter paddock operations, inputs and observations in the field.

Who can see my farm information?

All information that is entered into ProductionWise is securely stored and only accessible via your account login details. For additional people such as your advisor to view your information, permission must be authorised accordingly.

Can data be entered for numerous paddocks simultaneously?

Multiple Paddock Mode can be used for entering operations to two or more paddocks in the My Paddocks page. The information being entered in the diary must be the same for the selected paddocks.

What are the benefits of linking my advisor to ProductionWise?

  • Seamless communication pathway and decision tool access between both parties
  • The advisor has full access to the growers account to view paddock diary operations and inputs, monitor paddock specific crop development and APSIM yield forecasts and farm specific rainfall forecasts
  • Timely advisor reporting and recommendations integrated into your paddock diary

APSIM Yield Model - How will it work for me?

The world reknown APSIM yield simulation model is now integrated into ProductionWise to provide highly accurate yield predictions throughout the growing season for each of your paddocks.

As a subscriber you will be able to receive yield simulations for wheat, barley, canola and oats by following these simple steps

  • Ensure an appropriate APSIM Soil Type is selected for each paddock along with a pre-sowing soil test
  • Simply record your paddock operations and inputs to view APSIM yield simulation results
  • View yield predictions throughout the current season whilst assessing climatic and farm management influences
  • Add planned operations to assess the effects of future scenarios such as Fertiliser applications

How much production history can be recorded in ProductionWise?

Data can be recorded historically back to 1984. The more historical production and management data you record in the diary, the more you will benefit from ProductionWise.

How is PYCAL (Maximum Potential Yield) calculated?

PYCAL is calculated for wheat, barley and canola by determining a number of factors based on the paddock location and historical paddock management data entered in My Paddocks. ProductionWise 'data-mines' the corresponding crop available moisture (CAM) value for the dominant soil type attributed to your location along with the a default water use efficiency (WUE) per crop type value which is applied to the calculation. Every month when new rainfall forecasts are generated, the PYCAL target yield will be recalculated to include new rainfall predictions.

Google Imagery Currency – Why do features look different?

ProductionWise utilises the Google Maps interface as reference imagery for digitising paddock boundaries and locating grain storage sites. Occasionally, some areas across Australia are not updated as frequently as others therefore the imagery can often be out of date or show features which may no longer exist or have changed.

Can a grower access ProductionWise offline?

Yes. The ProductionWise 'Companion App' can now be used in offline mode enabling growers to enter paddock operations, inputs and observations when out of range. When the device comes back into range, users can simply sync their changes to their account.  The app is available through the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. 

 

How many years of data does the Production Profile require?

The Production Profile tool requires a minimum of one harvest operation to be entered through My Paddocks to begin assessing average farm yield variability per crop type as a timeline against your LGA.

The more years of historical farm data entered in the My Paddocks page, the more beneficial the Yield Profile and Long Term Yield Trend will be to assess long-term productivity.  Comparing farm rainfall versus LGA rainfall historically will also enable users to assess if their farm location is situated favourably within the LGA.

Can a grower export their ProductionWise data to present to a bank / financial adviser?

Yes – Users can export information from the My Reports page and the Gross Margin Analysis page. Reports can be generated on paddock operations/inputs and grain storage operations which can be exported as either .PDF or .CSV spreadsheet format.  Users can also print and email reports to a specified recipient.

Can I import farm data from other software packages?

No.

Can I access SprayWise Decisions in ProductionWise?

Yes – Users who have an existing SprayWise Decisions account can access the SprayPlannerTM and recent/forecasted weather conditions over their farm(s). Alternatively, users can subscribe via ProductionWise by clicking the SprayPlannerTM Add-On tool.

Product Payment - NAB payment facility? Who is responsible for managing payments?

GrainGrowers Information Services Division only.  Please contact GrainGrowers via info@productionwise.com.au

Who is your regional ProductionWise Field Officer?

WA Ray Morgan 0417 956 287   ray.morgan@graingrowers.com.au
SA David Evans 0437 176 280 david.evans@graingrowers.com.au
NSW/VIC   TBA    
QLD Susan Mcdonnell   0407 170 315 susan.mcdonnell@graingrowers.com.au

 

What support is available to assist users with ProductionWise?

Every effort has been made to make ProductionWise a simple and intuitive system to navigate through. Should you have difficulties along the way, a number of support streams are available to assist you with problems encountered.

  • Users can access the HELP menu for step-by-step information on each section
  • Videos for each section showing a user navigating ProductionWise through the different sections
  • Users can contact the GrainGrowers support line on 1800 620 519 for general enquiries (non-technical)
  • Users can submit a technical enquiry to the support team through the 'Send Feedback' button in the lower right of each screen or via the Contact Us page

If I experience an error message?

Report errors to errors@productionwise.com.au

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